Bareni Sets SBC Championship Record Saturday

LAFAYETTE, La. - Sophomore Shahaf Bareni set a Sun Belt Championship record in the women's high jump on Saturday when she took first-place with a jump of 1.81 meters as the Mean Green completed day two of the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Championship.

Her jump, which bettered the previous SBC Championship record by .01 meters, vaulted Bareni to a new career-high mark and to the No. 9 slot on the NCAA West performance list.

Three other North Texas athletes scored in the high jump as well, with Haley Thompson taking fifth and Chelsea Hermes and Suzy Prikryl tying for the sixth-place finish.

Hermes also completed the heptathlon, taking second with 5,056 points after another strong showing in the 800-meter run.

The women's side had 10 advance to the running finals, with Sara Dietz and Jo Adams recording the top-two qualifying times in the 800-meter run and three different Mean Green girls advancing to the 100-meter hurdles final.

Clinton Collins led the men's qualifiers when he crossed the line in the 400-meter dash in 46.53 seconds to take the fastest overall time on Saturday. The sophomore also advanced in the 200-meter dash.

Junior sensation Steven White qualified third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time over a second slower than his season best at 51.81 seconds. Senior Adam Thiel will join White in the finals of the event as he took seventh overall in the preliminaries.

The Sun Belt Championships will come to a close on Sunday evening in Lafayette, La.



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